For Arts & Humanities Month, we’ll post daily events that allow Hoosiers to experience the humanities. Check back each week for our 7-day guide to celebrating the humanities in Indiana.
Oct. 15: Ghost Tales of the Witch and Famous (Indianapolis)
Victorian Theatre by Candlelight at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site will offer encounters with ghosts of notable witches and influential people of the past in performances of Ghost Tales of the Witch and Famous, a progressive presentation in which the audience rotates through the mansion.
Reservations are required and may be made by calling (317) 631-1888. President Benjamin Harrison Home, 1230 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis; Cost: $10 for adults or $5 for students ages six to 17. FMI.
Oct. 16: World Food Day (anywhere)
The theme of this year’s observance is United against hunger, chosen to recognize the efforts made in the fight against world hunger at national, regional and international levels. Get involved by signing a petition against hunger or organizing a local event.
Oct. 17: The Mikado (Indianapolis)
Transport yourself to a wonderfully absurd universe created by the undisputed masters of comic opera. You’ll discover unexpected rivals, hilarious circumstances, legal eccentricities and false heroics. Yet, love prevails. Some of the most vibrant characters of all time speed this story along: Ko-Ko, Yum-Yum, Nanki-Poo, Katisha and the Mikado of Japan.
Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University, 2 p.m. FMI.
Oct. 18: Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame (New Castle)
From Hoosiers like Wooden, Robertson, Plump, Bird, and Bailey; to the thousands of youngsters who pick up their first basketballs at age two or three, basketball is a sport that’s at the very core of life in Indiana. The rich tradition of Indiana basketball is proudly celebrated with memories and memorabilia from Indiana’s finest athletes. Take a trip down memory lane to relive the history and learn about the legacy of basketball and Indiana.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, New Castle. FMI.
Oct. 19: Robert Randolph and the Family Band (Bloomington)
Robert Randolph set the music world on fire in late 2000 and early 2001 when he began to play his first club dates in New York City. These were a result of being discovered playing his pedal steel guitar at the first Sacred Steel Convention in Florida in the spring of 2000. Randolph started playing the pedal steel as a teenager and started playing at his Orange, NJ, church just outside of Newark. The House of God Church, an African-American Pentecostal denomination, has been implementing steel guitars (or “Sacred Steel”) in services since the ’30s, with the pedal steel in particular being introduced during the ’70s. Randolph learned to play by watching other steel players in his church. Randolph’s own band, the Family Band, includes cousins Danyell Morgan and Marcus Randolph (bass and drums, respectively) and John Ginty (Hammond B-3 organ).
Bluebird Nightclub, 9 p.m. FMI.
Oct. 20: Vincennes University’s 2010 Ceramics Invitational exhibition (Vincennes)Vincennes University’s 2010 Ceramics Invitational exhibition features the works of 10 guest artists, including former VU faculty member Brad Schweiger. Shircliff Gallery of Art is located at the corner of First and Harrison streets on VU’s Vincennes campus. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. FMI.
Oct. 21 Artology: The Intersection of Art and Nature (Fort Wayne)
Artology is an exciting collaborative exhibition presented by the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and ACRES Land Trust emphasizing the convergence of the visual arts and the natural world.
Free admission on Thursdays. Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 311 E. Main Street. FMI.